Jackson, MI—In 2014, PMA will mark its 90th anniversary, as it joins with the entire photo-imaging industry in celebrating the 175th birthday of photography. From its start as the Photofinishers Association of America in 1924, PMA has grown to become PMA, the Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations—a global organization serving members in more than 100 countries across a gamut of imaging-related fields.
Member associations include the Association of Imaging Executives, the Digital Imaging Marketing Association, the National Association of Photo Equipment Technicians, the Professional Picture Framers Association, the Professional School Photographers Association, the Sports Photographers Association of America, and the Photo Imaging Education Association.
For all its accomplishments and dedication to the industry over 90 years, PMA would have no industry to serve had it not been for the invention of the daguerreotype—the birth of photography—175 years ago.
“As we look back on the immeasurable impact photography has had on our lives, it is truly inconceivable to imagine what the world would be like without it. Now, people often capture more images in a single day than they used to take in a year; that certainly shows us imaging will continue to be even more vital to us in the decades to come than it has been in the past,” said Jim Esp, PMA’s executive director. “PMA is very proud of our long history of serving our members, and we are excited about the future as we continue our mission of ‘Promoting the Growth of the Imaging Industry.’”
PMA will be celebrating its 90th anniversary and the 175th anniversary of photography with a number of events throughout 2014, kicking off at the PMA 2014 conferences and the 2014 PMA@CES, January 5–10, 2014 at Bally’s and the LVH in Las Vegas, Nevada. pmai.org